$20 Aakash 2 Android tablet goes official, unveiled by Indian president

$20 Aakash 2 Android tablet goes official, unveiled by Indian president
You may or may not have heard about the Aakash tablet, an ultra-affordable tablet for the developing Indian market. It’s a neat little device and it’s amazing how cheap it has gotten. While it was initially expected to cost around $40, the Aakash 2 tablet is now out for the extremely low $20, after a subsidy by the Indian Government. That’s right, we did not miss a zero, or anything, that is the price that Indian students will have to pay for the device, merely twenty dollars.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee officially launched the affordable device on Sunday. "Technology enabled learning is a very important aspect of education. This must be adapted to our specific needs and introduced expeditiously in all educational institutions across the country," he said.

What you get for that is a simple 7-inch Android tablet, and that’s great. It features a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4 gigs of internal storage. The Aakash 2 runs on Android 4.0.3, and does feature a built-in WiFi connectivity and a VGA camera up front for video chats. Battery life is not stellar at 3 hours, but we'd take this at the price.

The trick with the price is that it applies to students only, while others will have to pay $80 for the device. It’s all about getting tablets in the hands of as many students as possible. The initial plan is for the first batch of 100,000 tablets to go out to students. 

source: Venture Beat via Engadget



1. MeoCao unregistered

Looks nice, hopefully the performance is not as sluggish as earlier version

7. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

its a good initiative to reach out to students

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I could use a $20 tablet..

3. vickygamit

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

good affordable tab

4. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

ipad mini killer

5. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

meh.. Another rebranded Chinese tablet using the crappy Allwinner A10/13 SoC. That thing will never support Jelly Bean nor will it provide a decent level of performance. I myself have a slightly better tablet (Novo 7 Elf) with the same hardware and I wouldn't recommend anything which uses that poor SoC.

8. adelta90

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

people who need $20 or $80 tablets dont care about jelly bean they are happy enough just to own a tablet

10. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Its indian tab....

11. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

It's Indian n not Chinese. I guess the core purpose of the tab to assist learning... Guess updates is not important

14. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

The whole board including the chipset is Chinese made (the SoC was designed by some Chinese company). In whole they just rebranded one of those cheap generic tablet boards.

15. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Am referring to the though of conceiving something like this.... not the the make of the components that brought it to life.

16. adelta90

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

did you even read the article? this tablet has been subsidized by the government so that those students who cant afford expensive tech can still get a tablet Its not a matter of rebranding. I think its a great initiative

13. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

Read again and understand, it is for the Students, specially those students who cannot afford entire yearly course and notebooks. This thing can provide them way too much, including the element of excitment of using the latest Tech form.

20. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

You can buy this right now on eBay for $69.95 for a 8GB model with free shipping from within the USA. Of course its not going to be something as fast as we're used here in America, but we need to remember that this is a $70 tablet. I've checked out YouTube videos on the Allwinner A13 soc running on these 7" tablets and its slow but it looks usable. All I can say is keep your mind open. Don't expect these to perform like a Nexus 7.

6. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I like that. but how bout subsidizing the nexus 7 so that I can buy it at the sweet Rs 10000 and not 20000(400$)

17. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

subsidizing always comes with catches with carriers, its 2 year contracts(think of them as 2 year prison sentences), enormously high prices for 2 years so subsidizing isn't always good.

9. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

careful there! rectangle with rounded corners! you might end up paying billion. to get that you will have to sell really lot of tablets at the $ 20 price.

12. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

you mean iSue

19. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Wish Apple good luck if they sue Indian Govt. They will need to pay billions to ministers first to get things done. India is a tough ground as per TIM Cook (because here even public opposition can annul a Patent) ... so customer is the "bully" here by and large :)

18. Vishesh

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

This tablet is was and will be designed for educational purposes only. The predecessor had some letdowns which this version has been equipped with. I am a student from India.Getting one very soon!!!!!

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